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Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry

2.7
#17 of 37 in Parks in County Down
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
Exploris is Northern Ireland's only Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary. The Aquarium presents the underwater wonders of Strangford Lough and the coastal seas of Ireland in a variety of exciting and enjoyable exhibits.

The Seal Sanctuary provides a temporary home for sick or injured seal pups. Exploris is committed to rehabilitating injured and abandoned seal pups, preparing them for return to the wild.
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4.1
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  • A refurbishment ? Well yes it has a bit of a face lift but not for the overall better. £9.50 per person entrance fee is shocking for the display as it is much less than was there previously. The very ...  more »
  • I don't usually put reviews online but I'm disappointed at the way we have been treated. We had booked online to go in today with my 2 boys 3&5. My eldest was very sick during the night. I phoned this...  more »
  • Was not a bad place, but very disappointed not to see any sea lions, baby sea lions were put away behind dark glass so could not see also did not see any otters, which We really wanted to see.  more »
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  • Brilliant day out. Kids and adults loved it. Lots to see and do. The cafe is well priced and very tasty. Really good soft play area for the kids to let off steam
  • Great day out with young children who will love all the exhibits, especially the touch pool. Looks well after recent refurbishment. Will likely be a short visit for adults without children as it's quite small, so only value-for-money when kids in tow. Book online for discount and to avoid queues on public holidays.
  • Much improved after the renovation. Better for small kids now. Feels safe letting them run around. The soft play is small but good, but it's open at unpredictable times. Cafe is overpriced, but the food is good.
  • Terrible experience, took 30 minutes to walk around the place, thats including going back over a lot of the stuff! Really a waste of £9.50! And also half the tanks/attractions were half empty, especially the Seals and Otters, think i counted 1 otter and no seals what so ever, could have seen the same in a pet shop to be honest, extremely disappointed and wont be going again!
  • Dont blatter round it in 30mins. Make a day of it because everytime u do a lap ur garanteed to see something u missed or a hands on activity. Staff defo a 10/10 for knowledge and patience. Outstanding place fors kids and aldults

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